Jamaica: Growers encouraged to consider aquaponics

Farmers are being encouraged to consider climate-smart agricultural practices, including the use of aquaponics, for their farms. This form of sustainable agriculture is akin to the use of greenhouses and drip irrigation for plants.

Research and Outreach Coordinator at the College of Agriculture, Science, and Education (CASE), Garth Scott, explained to JIS News in an interview that aquaponics is an integration between hydroponics and aquaculture.

“Based on modern-day technology, we are basically introducing smart agriculture practices. This is a way that we can conserve, especially on water. In an aquaponics system, we are using 90 percent less water to grow crops than we would use in the regular outfield,” Mr. Scott noted.

“Also, we are harvesting crops much earlier. In addition, we increase the stocking density over the different areas. We are basically getting better yields in shorter times, and we are also using less water, so it’s more efficient,” he added.

For details on how to get started in aquaponics, persons can visit a Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) Office or call (876) 927-1570.

Source: gov.jm

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